August 5 to 21, 2014Last update: 19 February, 2014


Helsinki Summer School is able to grant a limited number of scholarships to some of the courses. A scholarship covers the registration fee and the course fee, but not accommodation, transportation nor other living expenses. A scholarhsip is not payable in cash.

This year the Helsinki Summer School scholarships are available for the following courses:

  • Designing sustainable forest landscapes: Ecosystem services in the future
  • Physics of Functional Materials
  • Post-socialist Societies and Cultures
  • Roma and Travellers: Mobility, Persecution and Memory

The scholarship application period will start at the same time with the general application period!

If you're interested in the course Measuring and Valuing Ecosystem Services, please follow this link.

Please note that the number of applications is likely to exceed the number of available scholarships. This means that competition for the scholarships will be tight. In order to ensure your participation in the Helsinki Summer School, we recommend you to take other steps to secure your own funding, for example, by turning first to your home institution or other local sources of financial aid. Please inform us as soon as possible if you have applied for a Helsinki Summer School scholarship but have managed to raise your own funds. We recommend that you try to raise funds to cover your transportation and living expenses as early as possible.

NB! If you apply for a scholarship, you cannot book a place on the course before the scholarship competition results are announced.

Scholarship students

Helsinki Summer School provides a limited number of scholarships for talented students. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, personal achievement and financial need. Scholarships are awarded only to applicants currently enrolled at a university or college. Scholarships are not granted to students living in Finland or studying at a Finnish university.

Scholarship recipients are obliged to take part in all course meetings and activities. They are also required to complete the final essay and/or the final exam according to the requirements of the course they are enrolled in. After successfully completing the course, the scholarship recipients will receive a scholarship diploma.

How to apply for a scholarship

1. Create a profile at
2. Choose one scholarship course. We do not grant scholarships to any other courses than the four listed above so please do not upload your documents if the course is not a scholarship course.
3. Fill the application accordingly.
4. Remember to upload all the required documents.
5. Choose “I am applying for a scholarship” in the applicant group task on the Checklist.
6. Submit your application. The deadline is March 16.
7. Wait for the results and further instructions.

You need not pay any fees at this point. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee you a place in any of the courses if you are not awarded a scholarship. Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, courses may already be fully booked by the time the scholarship competition results are announced.

The scholarship application should include the following documents:

1. Statement of purpose (mandatory)

Please explain why this course would be important to your academic studies or career and why you feel you deserve a HSS scholarship. Please also outline the reasons why you need a scholarship to cover the participation fees. If you have elected to register for more than one course, please explain why. Please keep in mind that students may only take one course at a time. Upload this document to your online application.

2. CV (mandatory)

A curriculum vitae should include personal information about you, your previous studies, your employment experience and your future plans. Upload this document to your online application.

3. Transcript of credits (mandatory)

Please include a transcript of the credits (courses, exams) you have earned at your home university. The transcript should be in English. Or, you may send the transcript in its original language together with a translation in English. The transcript should include an explanation of the grading scale used. A photocopy of the transcript is sufficient. Please note: Only university/college transcripts are relevant! Other transcripts or certificates (e.g. high school transcripts or diplomas) will not be taken into consideration. Upload this document to your online application.

4. Proof of English language skills (mandatory)

Please include a brief written statement describing your language skills (for example if you have studied in an English-speaking country) or a copy of an international language proficiency test. A photocopy of the certificate is sufficient. Language certificates in languages other than English will not be taken into consideration. Upload this document to your online application.

5. Recommendation(s) from teachers or professors (mandatory)

Recommendation(s) can be submitted to us with your online application via the References-tab or via the Documents-tab. You may also ask your teacher to send the recommendation directly to us by regular mail. The recommendation must include the referee’s detailed contact information.

Application deadline

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 16, 2014. In other words the online application and all relevant documents including the proof of English language skills should be submitted by then. If a document is sent by post, it should have arrived at the Helsinki Summer School office by this date. Please note that postal mail is not delivered in Finland on Saturdays and Sundays. Late applications will not be considered.


We recommend that you submit all your documents with your online application.

If you wish to send some documents by post, use this address:

Pauliina Mikkonen
Programme Manager
Helsinki Summer School
P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

The following street address can be used if you use a courier service (e.g. DHL or UPS):

Pauliina Mikkonen
Programme Manager
Helsinki Summer School

University of Helsinki
Fabianinkatu 33
FI-00100 Helsinki

scholarship competition results

We will inform all scholarship applicants of the scholarship selection results individually through e-mail by mid-April 2014. Please be patient – no inquiries about the results will be answered before mid-April.